And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” Mt. 26:6-9
This familiar passage spoke something new to me this morning. Sometimes, the acts we feel led to do for the Lord do not make sense to others around us.
Perhaps we choose to fast at an “inopportune” time. Maybe we worked in the nursery 4 Sundays in a row, while others had the opportunity to worship in service. It could be that we chose to drive far out of our way to stop by and visit someone who needed to see a friendly face.
The examples could go on and on, but the principle remains. Not everything we personally choose to do for the Lord will viewed in a beautiful light by others around us. We may even be criticized for our sacrifice.
Let me remind you what Jesus thinks about it: “Why do you trouble this woman? For she has done a good work for Me.” Vs. 10
Not everything we do has to meet with the standards of others…even if they are fellow followers. If we feel a nudging to do a work in the Lord’s name, then we are pleasing the only One who matters.
Keep on, friend. You are pleasing the One who is worth the sacrifice, and that is truly all that matters.
Proud of you,